White "patriots" view the United States as belonging to the original white settlers and their descendants. They continue to view black people as inferior beings as they consider them to be the descendants of slaves brought over by these settlers. They have little tolerance of citizens originating from other racial backgrounds, especially the Middle East.
Yes, some white people seem to use the claim of patriotism to cover up their racist feelings. Many phrases and statements currently circulating seem to be possible covers for racism. "Make America Great Again" seems like a reference to a time when white males dominated everything. Uproar over athletes and others who don't stand for the national anthem seems to go against the very core of our American beliefs in the right to free speech and pointing out problems in our society. I wonder if there would be the same outrage if a white player refused to stand for the national anthem in order to protest injustice.
The whole appeal of patriotism is that one can celebrate what his/her country is doing and what the country stands for. It's not about racial pride, it's about national pride. Not all whites are racist, you know. Anybody who says racist things or commits racist acts in the name of patriotism, no matter the race if the perpetrator, is doing patriotism wrong.
If anyone says otherwise, then I really want to see the proven and reliable studies that show that a large majority of whites that feel "patriotic" about their country, the United States of America, use this feeling as a way to mask "racist feelings". Also, since you're saying that only whites are patriotic because they want to cover their racism, then I want to see a study that shows non-whites aren't patriotic to the United States of America.
No whites do not use the claim of patriotism to cover up racist feelings. Patriotism is color blind. You do not have to be a certain color to display patriotism. Patriotism is a love of your country. In the United States, if you love this country, you know throughout history we have been the most open country to immigrants who come here to seek the American Dream.
No, not all whites are racists. Some whites are racists and they don't hide such feelings, even though they probably should. Is is difficult to hide such a thing. if someone is a racist then it is in his personality to behave in a transparent way - it is obvious in every move he makes.